Yesterday 22nd June at the event marking 2019 edition of International Widow’s Day, Soulace Africa inaugurated her Compassion Project called Soulace FoodBank. The occasion was graced by the representatives of the Nigeria Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), the Magajias and other reputable individuals withing the community. About one hundred war widows were in attendance.
Our founder in person of Peter Adeeko decry the condition of widows in light of the state of the Nigeria economy. While speaking at the event he informed the women on Soulace Africa effort to rid veterans widows against abject poverty. In his word, he said his organisation Soulace Africa is working to ensure that veterans widow’s are not only technically equipped with skills but much more desire that they become refrence point in the society though several articulated programs of his organisation such as Kampalapreneur and Agro-preneur. He applauded the leadership of 2nd division of their cooperation to see that live is better for the left behind.
The founder believes that widows rather than been dole out fish once in a blue moon should be taught how to fish themselves. Being given fish should be a short term solution which must be carried out sustainably, he said. Effort must be geared towards helping the widows get up on their feet and move on with their lives. He submitted that widowhood is no longer pronounced after 10 years. So every widows must get to work. He prayed and earnestly opine for a new Nigeria where widows are included and integrated without any form of stigma and deprivation.
NAOWA representatives at the event also encouraged widows to summon courage and make good use of opportunities being provided by Soulace Africa and other relevant organisation that works around social development in the community. Speaking for the GOC wife, the representative said widows should train their children and introduce them to work early enough so that these children will learn the culture of hardwork and that their is dignity in labour.
Mrs Aramide Oke (the founder of family’s and homes initiative an organisation that works with street children in Ibadan Oyo state) who was an invited guest and a practicing journalist, Aramide shared her story of how she who grow up without any of her parent at the event and challenge widows to move from agony of their loss to a self sustained livelihood.
The exciting event ran to a close with the inaguration of Soulace FoodBank. The first of it kind in Nigeria. The founder said the food bank is a sustainable way to help the women solve the hunger problem creatively. The food bank will help the widows to focus on what is more important in their fight for survival.
The headship and veterans widows at 2nd Division Headquarters, Odogbo barracks Ojoo Ibadan applauded this development and pray that God will make this dream project come to pass. The representative of the GOC wife at the event promised the support of NAOWA and that of the GOC wife and the entire army community for support for the Soulace FoodBank.
Data of the widows were gathered. light food and drinks where shared. The music rolled.The widow had nice time and the event came to a close.